Off-Campus Field Trip

Provider: Aquascience AquaDome Center at Riverview High School

Contact: Sharon Karasick, Katrin Rudge, Directors

Starting cost per student: $0

Additional Info: The only cost for public schools is transportation. All other groups are determined at time of booking.

Max. Capacity: 115

Transportation Needed?  Yes

Who Arranges Transportation? School

Is Financial Assistance Offered?  No


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Riverview’s new EAGLE NATIVE PLANT NATURE TRAIL is an extension of the school’s “Stars to Starfish” Program, which focuses on the SKY (planetarium), SEA (AquaDome), and now the EARTH with its nature trail. The trail includes a Garden Pond, Dock, and over 1,700 native plants, representing more than 53 species native to Florida, This final feature has resulted in Riverview’s designation as a “Space, Earth, and Sea Interactive Demonstration School”. The exploration can be customized via several options, from participants selecting all three (Planetarium, Aquadome, Nature Trail) to selecting one or two.

This exploration will include five ecosystems: upland forest, pond/litoral shelf, pine flatwoods, hammocks, and riparian/water. The study of Florida’s ecosystems is fascinating, especially when examining “how the plants and animals within those ecosystems are woven together in the web of life”. Whitney (Priceless Florida, 2004) describes these ecosystems as extraordinarily complex, intricate, ancient, and full of secrets. The more we learn about them, the greater our pleasure, sense of wonder, and feeling of connectedness. They are ours to both enjoy and protect…thus the theme of Riverview’s exploration: PRESERVE NOW! FOR TOMORROW’S FUTURE! “When species become extinct, the scientific information gathered over hundreds of millions of years, is gone for all time. Through this exploration participants will come to value/protect local natïve species/ecosystems!

In addition, S.T.E.M. is evident as students learn how plants use energy and respond to stimuli (seasonal changes, sun orientation), compare/contrast plant organisms to animal organisms (including humans), investigate how global patterns, such as the jet stream and ocean currents, impact local weather and consequently local ecosystems, or how humans have impacted local ecosystems and life within through urbanization and the changing flow of water. Staff’s goal is to inspire “students to appreciate the beauty of Florida’s trees, shrubs, grasses, wildflowers, airplants, and vines…and how ecosystems impact all life on land, in the sea, and in the sky”!

Learn more about our Exploration through the Florida Field Journal video live at:



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